Some Laughed and Others Believed — Acting Out: Day 29

Read Acts 17:16-33

Key Verse: Acts 17:32 “When they heard Paul speak of the resurrection of a person who had been dead, some laughed, but others said, ‘We want to hear more about this later.” (NLT)

When we want to share our faith with others we are often nervous and hesitant because we are afraid that someone might laugh at us. The desire to Act Out for God is there in our lives but the idea of being laughed at makes it so difficult to do what we really want to do for God. The important thing that we need to remember is that we are not alone in this, even the Apostle Paul was laughed at, yet he never let that stop him from continuing to Act Out.

People always laugh at ideas that seem strange to them, it’s just a human reaction to try and deal with being forced to accept new ideas. People laughed at the idea of the world being round instead of flat, they laughed at the idea of space travel, they even laughed at the idea of gravity. It does not really matter that people laughed at those ideas in the past, what matters is that we have accepted them all now. Imagine if people stopped trying to prove that the world was round simply because they were laughed at. North America would hardly be populated at all and it certainly would not be the home of some of the world’s greatest nations.

People may laugh at you when you share your faith and Act Out for God. But the real important thing is that while some may laugh others may come to believe and you may be able to help change the world for somebody.

Prayer: “Lord, it is very hard to share about your love to people who laugh at me but I know that they only do it because they don’t know how to react. Help me to stand up and Act Out for you because although some may laugh, others may come to believe in you.”

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The Four Nails of The Cross

“A sign was fastened above Jesus’ head, announcing the charge against him. It read: ‘This is Jesus, the King of the Jews’.” Matthew 37:37 (NLT)
It is important for all of us to recognize the means by which Jesus paid the price for our sins.  By dying on the cross, He not only paid our debt but He also opened up the possibility for all of us to be made right in the eyes of God.

During the crucifixion of Jesus, four nails were driven into His cross. Three of those nails pierced the flesh of our Saviour, while the fourth nail was used to fasten a sign above His head.  Those nails are not pretty objects that we like to spend a lot of time thinking about, but they played a critical role in the narrative that paved the way for our salvation.  Thinking about those four nails today and each of their positions in the cross, I begin to see that they serve as an object lesson that reminds us of our responsibilities as believers in Jesus Christ.

The two nails in His hands should remind us that it is our job to be the hands of Christ to reach out, and touch, and heal the brokenness in our world.  It was with His own hands that Jesus healed the lepers, the deaf, the blind, the dying and even the dead.  It was with His hands that He changed so many lives and today we must be His hands.  As we reach out and comfort those who mourn, or offer relief to those who are suffering, we are quite literally acting as the hands of Jesus.  We can do what He would be doing; “For even the Son of Man (Jesus) came not to be served but to serve others and to give his life as a ransom for many.” Mark 10:45

The nail that held His feet to the cross reminds us to be the feet of Jesus.  By coming to the Earth He created, God demonstrated the great lengths that He is willing to travel to bring His love to us.  Jesus left this instruction, “Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit.” Matthew 28:19.  He means for us to do as He did, be His feet and go everywhere to make sure that everyone has the opportunity to know about Him.

The final nail was used to fix to the cross a sign that read, “This is Jesus, the King of the Jews.”  Like that fourth nail we should take it upon ourselves to share the truth.  Jesus is the King and not just the king of the Jews but the King of all.  As followers of Christ we ought to hold fast to that message and boldly share it with everyone who will listen.

Let the four nails of the cross remind us today to be His hands, to be His feet, and share His message to this world.